• Elias Leight wrote a new diary post: Brandy Clark’s Stories

    2013-11-03 19:15:16View | Delete

    Critics have a way of anointing musical saviors when none are needed. A prominent recent example occurred in the second half of the ‘90s, when critics decided that the R&B singer D’Angelo was going to save his genre— R&B’s Jesus —as if the rest of his peers were stuck, stagnated, inactive. The latest entry for sainthood is [...]

  • Elias Leight commented on the diary post Bucking Rap’s Trends by Elias Leight.

    2013-10-16 06:20:56View | Delete

    Thanks for your responses! Chance talked more about that phenomenon in this interview with Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chance-the-rapper-on-staying-independent-its-a-dead-industry-20130927 Free mixtapes have played a big role in rap for a while, but in the past the mixtapes usually serve to attract the attention of major labels (a recent example would be A$ap Rocky’s break out mixtape), or [...]

  • Elias Leight wrote a new diary post: Bucking Rap’s Trends

    2013-10-14 15:21:00View | Delete

    While some artists like to jump on trends, two recent hip-hop releases show a pair of artists who get their kicks out of the opposite—resisting popular waves, and defining themselves against the prevailing orthodoxy. “I don’t believe people are like, really, really rapping,” the veteran rapper Pusha T told NPR . He sees his new album My Name [...]

  • Elias Leight became a registered member

    2013-10-11 14:38:09View | Delete